Coming of the Civil War DBQ
Directions: The following question requires you to construct a coherent essay that integrates your interpretation of Documents A-P and your knowledge of the period referred to in the question. High scores will be earned only by essays that cite key pieces of evidence from the documents, and draw on outside knowledge of the period.
1. Why did the Southern States decide to leave the Union?
2. To what extent was the secession of the Southern states the result of the breakdown in the legacy of compromise that began at the Constitutional convention?
The founding fathers (Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Hamilton, Madison, Franklin) wanted to create a special republic and were willing to compromise to preserve the union.